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All Hands Magazine's full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

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**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


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**UPDATE 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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At 8:24pm on October 15, 2020, Valtameri said…

Thinking of you.

At 12:03am on May 28, 2014, Valtameri said…

Hi. Is that a picture of Daddy and son -- son wearing Daddy's cranial perhaps?

At 2:15pm on June 21, 2012, menchord said…

Hi countrywoods, nice of you to respond to me. I love your pictures esp. the super cute baby! seems you may know a lot about d Abe so I'd like to take the time to call you one of these days or maybe we can email each other. 

At 10:32pm on May 19, 2012, Sue-Pillowcase lady said…

my son was also an AM on the Lincoln.   Take the tiger cruise if at all possible.  The "ultimate" cruise.

At 5:32pm on May 4, 2012, Valtameri said…

Too bad they can't fly home with those wings!

At 11:36am on April 11, 2012, Valtameri said…

I love that picture of Daddy and his baby zebra!

At 11:34am on April 11, 2012, Valtameri said…

Wow, guess I don't look at my own page very often! Just saw your comment about the jet crash. Yes, I did see that. Amazing that no one was killed. My son was stationed there for several months.

At 10:29pm on April 2, 2012, Valtameri said…

I'm sorry to hear that about the Plane Captain qualification. It's sad that it often comes down to whether another person does his/her part. I hope Landon doesn't feel too down about it. I'm sorry I didn't get back to you over the weekend; I have been crazy busy!

At 12:43am on March 21, 2012, proud4son85 said…

Hi countrywoods.


I saw you on chat but didnt get to talk to you. My son is on the Vinson so our sailors are in close waters. What does your son do for his job? My son is a Machine Repairman on the ship.


Hope to chat with you soon,



At 3:44pm on January 24, 2012, CLAMOM said…

Ship to shore card??? Is that like a calling card??

At 3:21pm on January 24, 2012, mattsmom said…

Hi, my son graduated bootcamp last October, went to A school in Pensacola for 4 weeks, and then to San Diego thinking he would be there 4 years. He was only there a week and got deployed, needless to say we were all shocked, but he seems to be doing ok.

As of now he's in the laundry room as his job is undesignated, although he will be working in Aviation eventually. 

At 10:22am on January 24, 2012, CLAMOM said…

Hello Countrywoods, your grandson is soooooo cute!!!! My daughter will be a MM when she gets to her ship. I guess growing up a only girl made her want to get dirty!!! LOL... We are from North Carolina, Where are you guys from? Thanks for the friend request.

At 1:46am on January 24, 2012, mattsmom said…

Hi I'm Sue, thanks for the friend request. My son Matt has only been in for 5 months and already on deployment. He's doing good though, and that's the main thing!!!!

At 10:21pm on January 12, 2012, IRIS-SHIP-11 DIV-167 said…


At 11:51am on January 8, 2012, Graysmom said…

Great pics. I assume that's your son and his son? Very cute.

Yes I know about "power of atty", I've told him he should do that for me but "he's grown now". The liberty buddy thing is a given.  I'm guessing now that he was stuck on the ship, maybe, and couldn't get any money to go back out. I'm not sure.  I had him on facebook chat for a few minutes so he must have had access to a computer. I'm assuming that's only on the ship. So I left him some detailed instructions on what to email Navy Federal. They were very specific about how they wanted to verify who he was. ugh...makes a mom crazy. :)

At 11:35am on January 8, 2012, Graysmom said…

Hi CW, thanks for the add. My name is Diane. My son is an ABEAA on the Lincoln.

At 11:37am on January 2, 2012, navymom656 said…
Hi. Thank youf for requesting friendship. Let's keep in touch
At 9:02am on January 2, 2012, bobbie (ht mom) said…

there are a million u`s on there lol try to find me please lol

At 8:58am on January 2, 2012, bobbie (ht mom) said…

im bobbie kendall smithfield north carolina :)

At 8:49am on January 2, 2012, bobbie (ht mom) said…

hi thx for replying... my son is in greece was great at first 4 days lol then he tells me no contact for 3 weeks ship leaving dock for unknown destination :( so he i am on pins and needles and to top it off he tells me 2 days ago he is homesick cant eat anything and my mom mode kicked in lol breaks our hearts to hear things like that and to know we cant fo anything about it .... how are things with you? im here also if you ever need anything of nothing else we can hold pity parties lol jk and please keep in touch feels good to know im not the only one who finds it hard

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